Here’s the good news: It’s the perfect temperature for a run outside this morning. And the bad news: I visited Cardiobarre Nashville last night. Let’s start with the good news It’s kind of a yucky day in terms of sunlight, but the temps are right in the mid/high 50s — aka light long sleeves, shorts, no gloves, and no sunglasses. Yes, that is how I interpret the weather each morning.Anthony and I headed to Shelby Park. I run here allllll the time and sometimes I get bored, but today we talked about how grateful we are to live so close to it! There aren’t a ton of greenways in Nashville so I’m glad we live near at least one of them I love you, Shelby Park.And that was the good news. On the opposite side of the spectrum, I bring you Cardiobarre Nashville. This 8th Avenue South studio opened over the weekend and is offering free classes all week! Since I’m never one to pass on a new workout I thought I’d give it a shot.I signed up for the 6:30 pm class and was sad to see that we started a few minutes late. Without any real introduction or explanation, the instructor jumped right on in to some fast-paced movements to high-tempo music. I guess I’d thought that “cardiobarre” would mean bursts of cardio movements in between traditional barre movements, but I was wrong. It was more just like traditional barre movements, sped up 10x faster than usual. Does anyone remember that Saved by the Bell episode where they’re in a classical music class and they keep playing faster and faster? That’s what this felt like. The result was pretty hilarious — arms and legs were flying everywhere!
Also, let me pause here and say that I am generally not a huge fan of barre — I find it kind a little slow, with too much focus on form/perfection. Nevertheless, I’ve visited 6 different barre studios between Nashville and DC and have to say that this one was my least favorite. Ironically, I thought that it’d be my most favorite, because “cardio” implies that it’d be more fast-paced than the others. And while that was kind of true, the lack of instruction made it difficult to do the moves properly or keep up the pace. So, after visiting Cardiobarre I have a new appreciation for traditional barre instruction. Those ballerinas know what they’re doing.
Side note: at one point we put our hands on our shoulders and just twisted back and forth, up and down. No idea what the purpose of that movement was. Ha!On the plus side, our instructor was very upbeat and positive — I think she just needed an assistant, though. With 28 (yes, 28!!) new students, she simply could not teach the class and correct students’ form at the same time. It was a bit chaotic, and the blasting disco club remixes did not help calm things down.
As for the actual exercises, they were decent. The class followed a typical barre class structure, more or less: warm up/legs, then arm/legs at the barre, then hips and butt on the mat, then core work. Some of the seated movements were actually pretty challenging — we did them so fast, though, that I barely had time to get in the right position before we frantically moved on to something else.Last negative note about this studio, and then I’ll try to end it with some nice things at the end so I don’t come off as a total downer: carpet. Does this seem wrong to anyone else? Oh wait, one more piece of bad news: A membership costs $175-$190 a month (!!). But here’s the good news, I guess: classes are still free for the rest of the week, and Cardiobarre Nashville is currently running a discounts for new members. So: don’t let my angry barre ramblings discourage you from trying this place out on your own. Since the studio just opened a few days ago, maybe there’s hope for it in the future!
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